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The conservation work of the Mississippi Valley Conservany has resulted in numerous awards and news stories on TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines.

Below you will find links to current and archived news releases, as well as magazine articles and news pieces MVC has permission to print.


Snowshoeing in the Coulee Region - Thursday, February 16, 2017

ONALASKA, Wis. - It can be a tough time of year for any of us to get around, especially outside! But if you have the right gear on your feet it can open up a whole new outdoor experience for you.
The ice and snow can make a lot of us feel like the outdoors is the last place we'd like to be... but for others it's an opportunity to step into a whole new adventure.

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Guttenberg Press - MVC raising funds to buy Kickapoo Indian Caverns - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

 Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MVC) is seeking $200,000 to assist with their purchase of Kickapoo Indian Caverns located west of Wauzeka.

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Jackson County Chronicle: Haas family protects 247 acres with MVC - Wednesday, January 04, 2017

 A Jackson County family has taken steps to protect 247 acres of farmland with the help of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, a regional land trust based in La Crosse.

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Crawford County Community Foundation awarded MVC with grant - Wednesday, December 21, 2016
County Board authorizes $2.04 million in notes to pay for several projects and refinance debt
By Ted Pennekamp

The Crawford County Board of Supervisors voted 15-1 to authorize the issuance and sale of $2,040,000 in general obligation promissory notes at its regular meeting Tuesday morning. Supervisor Larry Kelley voted against the measure. 

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Vernon County couple's sanctuary protected by MVC - Friday, December 16, 2016

Sherry and Bob Piros' 58 acres of scenic woods and wetlands along the North Fork Bad Axe River in Vernon County is the latest acreage to be protected by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy. 

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MVC looking to preserve farmlands permanently - Monday, December 12, 2016

Coon Valley, WI (WXOW) - -

According to the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, 30,000 acres of farmland are lost to development each year. One way the conservancy tries to combat that trend is entering into permanent legal agreements with owners called conservation easements, which are permanent legal agreements giving up those lands' development rights. It may sound sinister, but it's really in the name of preserving the integrity of the land, according to the conservancy.

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MVC to add nearly 1,000 acres to protected lands - Monday, November 28, 2016

Rod Ofte of rural Coon Valley is among half a dozen land owners in Vernon, Crawford and Jackson counties putting 945 acres of land into conservation during the final weeks of 2016. With the addition of these conservation easements, the Mississippi Valley Conservancy will have nearly 18,000 acres of Coulee Region land permanently protected from development.

Cattle graze on managed pasture land at Willow Creek Ranch in Coon Valley, where owner Rod Ofte is putting 143 acres of land into a conservation easement to prohibit future development.

COON VALLEY — Rod Ofte’s ancestors farmed this valley more than a decade before the Civil War. Today, Ofte will sign an agreement ensuring his land remains a farm long after his descendants are gone.
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Mississippi River Valley property conserved near Ferryville - Friday, October 21, 2016

A drive the through the Mississippi River Valley now features brilliant fall colors, and a

short distance east of Ferryville, the Mississippi Valley Conservancy has ensured 189
acres of scenic bluffland will remain intact for future generations.

The conservancy completed a conservation agreement with Ken and Deneen
Kickbusch, Thursday, Oct. 20, to permanently protect their 189-acre farm and
bluffland. The voluntary conservation agreement protects the scenic beauty and
wildlife habitat by limiting future subdivision, development, mining, and other
unsustainable activities that are inconsistent with the landowners' wishes. The land
remains in private ownership and is not open to the public.
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Connecting to nature _ La Crosse Tribune - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Lincoln students help sustain prairie through Acorns to Oaks.

Town of Holland - Almost 100 of La Crosse Lincoln Middle School students spent their morning Tuesday picking seeds, watching birds and bugs, and getting surprised by mice and corn snakes.

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Mississippi Valley Conservancy gets grant to try to save bat cave - Thursday, August 25, 2016

La Crosse Community Foundation gives our over $138K in grants - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Westby Times: Sharratt's protect Westby farm through MVC - Thursday, July 21, 2016

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MVC applies for Accreditation Renewal - Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Mississippi Valley Conservancy is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open. 

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MVC protects farm in Westby - Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MVC) completed a conservation agreement with Tom and Sharon Sharratt, June 23, which will permantently protect 148 acres of their farm near Westby in Vernon County. This voluntary conservation agreement protects the natural resources on their land by limiting future subdivision, development, mining and other activities that are inconsistent with the landowner's wishes. 

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WXOW 19 News: Hometown Tourist - Hiking Trails - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Letters to the editor: MVC clarifies park position - Thursday, June 09, 2016

You were correct in your observation in last week's Independent-Scout that the recent mass mailing that promoted turning Crawford County into a national park had raised questions amonth those receiving it.

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MVC calls for funds for bats - Thursday, June 09, 2016

This is Echo Eddie, I'm a little brown bat living in a really cool bat cave near Wauzeka. I live her with my bat buddies, the northern long-eared, and eastern pipistrelle bats.

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Blufflands Plan aim's to preserve, regional bluffs video - Thursday, June 02, 2016

MVC gets $20,600 grant for restoration work - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A $20,600 grant will allow the Mississippi Valley Conservancy to hire interns to help protect land in its nine-county region. 

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News 8 - MVC receives $20,000 grant to hire summer interns - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Grant for MVC expands to help improve area water quality - Thursday, April 28, 2016

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MVC's Kickapoo River watershed project gets $100,000 grant - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Improving water quality in the Kickapoo River and adjacent watesheds by working with landowners is the purpose of a $100,000 grant to Mississippi Valley Conservancy from the Minnesota-based McKnight Foundation.

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Community, business help clean up La Crosse River Conservancy - Saturday, April 23, 2016

ONALASKA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Even though Earth Day was Friday, many community members in the Coulee Region are still celebrating the occasion.

Not many people know about the La Crosse River Conservancy, a 300 acre piece of land just off Highway 16 in Onalaska, but you wouldn't know it by looking at all the trash. 

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MVC leads bluff hike - Saturday, April 23, 2016

Earth Day Weekend activities continued with a bluff hike in La Crosse.

Mayo Clinic Health System teamed up with the Mississippi Valley Conservancy to lead a hike up to Miller's Bluff, part of the Hixon Forrest Trail System. Dozens of hikers, young and old, gathered to climb to the top.



MVC plans tour of Logan's Seldom Seen Farm - Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Mississippi Valley Conservancy is pleased to announce an exclusive tour of our famous local author Ben Logan’s Seldom Seen Farm, Saturday, May 14, starting at 10 a.m.

This guided hike is part of MVC's series of outdoor events sponsored by Gundersen Health System. Seasons in the Coulee Region, is designed to encourage people to celebrate each season outdoors. 

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MVC offers flat hike to kickoff Earth Week on April 23rd - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mississippi Valley Conservancy is adding an easy, flat hike to kickoff Earth Week. This casual hike will lead participants to a spectacular view from the La Crosse Blufflands Beck Track - Miller Bluff, Saturday, April 23 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

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Aquinas students lend a hand with prairie restoration project - Saturday, March 19, 2016

La Crosse, WI – Mississippi Valley Conservancy is excited to announce a collaborative partnership with the Aquinas High School Prom Committee, the City of La Crosse Parks & Recreation department, and Outdoor Recreation Alliance (ORA) to help remove invasive species which will then be used at the prom for entrance decorations.

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Event to celebrate Leopold - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mississippi Valley Conservancy is offering a day of celebration for Wisconsin’s Aldo Leopold.

Wisconsin’s annual celebration of the life and work of Aldo Leopold, the Wisconsin ecologist and author of the “Sand County Almanac,” will include events in La Crosse, Saturday, March 5, focusing on a “nature
connections” theme. All events are free and open to the public.
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Families enjoyed good weather with snowshoeing - Saturday, January 30, 2016

 The Mississippi Valley Conservancy hosted another snowshoeing event this winter, getting people of all ages outside and enjoying nature.

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MVC preserves 80 acres on South Fork Bad Axe River - Friday, January 08, 2016

On Monday, Dec. 28th, Phil and Kathy Aaker signed a conservation easement with Mississippi Valley Conservancy to permanently and legally protect their scenic and diverse 80-acre property along the South Fork Bad Axe River southwest of Viroqua.

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MVC preserves 87 acres of land in Vernon County - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

"A beautiful place to simply be" could be the motto of the Coulee Region, the Driftless Area, or of any one of the nine counties Mississippi Valley Conservancy works to protect.

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MVC conservation acreage tops 17,000 - Thursday, December 03, 2015

The Mississippi Valley Conservancy, a La Crosse-based land trust, has surpassed the 17,000-acre mark.

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MVC surpasses exciting benchmark - Thursday, December 03, 2015

Landowner protect 240 acres with conservation easement - Thursday, November 19, 2015

240 acres will remain untouched thanks to local land owners.

John Durbrow and Karen Steingraber are partnering with the Mississippi Valley Conservancy for a conservation easement to protect their land in Monroe County.

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MVC gains conservation easement near Bangor - Monday, October 19, 2015

Sara Bentley and Joel Lazinger have signed an agreement with MVC to permanently protect their 40-acre property on Antony Road south of Bangor.

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MVC receives grant from La Crosse Community Foundation - Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Stay as steadfast as the Haugens - Sunday, August 23, 2015

Surrounded by frac mine, Blair couple put farm in conservation - Saturday, August 08, 2015

The land around Mary Drangstveit's farm is changing.

Earth moves and grader have replaced farm tractors and combines. Hillside has been stripped bare, lowlands filled with yellow soil. A silica mine is moving in.

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LaCrosseTribune.com_MVC's comeback boosts conservation - Sunday, July 19, 2015
It's nice to see a good comeback story, and the Mississippi Valley Conservancy appears to be making a strong comeback from a very difficult period.
That's really good news for our region, because we have a lot of pristine, beautiful land that is protected from devlelopment.
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LaCrosseTribune.com_MVC transfers land ownership - Monday, July 13, 2015

Mississippi Valley Conservancy has transferred ownership of Elmwood Bluff to the city of Onalaska as part of the land conservation agreement with the city.

The transfer occurred July 8 and included the conveyance of a conservation easement on the land, conserving the habitat there permanently. MVC purchased the 30-acre, 500-foot bluff above Country Club Lane in Onalaska in December 2010.
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LaCrosseTribune.com_MVC receives $25,000 grant - Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MVC) has received a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin DNR Wild Turkey Stamp fund.

The grant will fund habitat restoration activities on preserves that are owned and managed by Mississippi Valley Conservancy.

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LaCrosseTribune.com_$10,000 3M grant to support Sugar Creek Bluff State Natural Area - Monday, July 06, 2015
Mississippi Valley Conservancy received a $10,000 grant from 3M to improve the community accessibility and wildlife habitat of MVC's newest addition to the Sugar Creek Bluff State Natural Area. The 144 acre new addition is open for public recreation and environmental education.  
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MilwaukeeJournalSentinel_Power line work halted after concern raised over protected birds - Monday, July 06, 2015
Construction on a 3-mile stretch of a major high-voltage power line connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin stopped last month after conservationists learned the work could be interfering with nesting by protected bird species.  
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Ferryville, Wis. (WXOW) - - The Knowles Nelson Stewardship Fund has helped the Mississippi Valley Conservancy purchase 144 acres on the Great River Road. This area once slated for residential development will instead be the expansion site of the Sugar Creek Bluff Natural Area. The addition now provides a total of 420-acres of land to the public for hunting, fishing, hiking, bird watching, and other family recreation.

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MVC to preserve bluffland near Ferryville - Tuesday, June 02, 2015

FERRYVILLE - Bluffland on the Great River Road slated for residential development will instead expand the Sugar Creek Bluff State Natural Area thanks to a donor-funded purchase by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy.

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Walkers Budget Proposal prevents local conservationists from expanding - Thursday, April 23, 2015

Another proposal in the Governor Walker's 2015 budget calls for a 13-year suspension of the state's purchase of land for use in parks, recreation and conservation.

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Wisconsin Public Radio interview with Carol Abrahamzon and Pat Caffrey - Thursday, April 23, 2015

Learn how MVC uses Stewardship funds to everyone's benefit. Take 30 minutes to listen here


MVC receives grant to promote eco-tourism in Crawford County - Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Mississippi Valley Conservancy, Inc. has received a grant for $1,015 from Crawford County Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc. to support International Migratory Birding Events.

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Trempealeau County family takes steps to protect land from development - Saturday, January 03, 2015

Four years ago Vicky Schultz had a visitor to her 400-acre farm in the hills of Trempealeau county who made an offer to buy the land with an interest in developing the mineral rights.

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Partners for Fish and Wildlife Targets Prairie Restoration for Monarchs - Monday, December 08, 2014

 The US Fish & Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife program has formed a cooperative agreement with The Prairie Enthusiasts to benefit monarch butterflies on private lands Together with Wisc Dept of Natural Resources Burau of Natural Heritage Conservation and Mississippi Valley Conservancy, the partnership looks to benefit monarchs and other pollinators by restoring native prairie in SW Wiscsonis Driftless area.

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Grant Helps MVC with Kickapoo River Watershed Project - Friday, May 02, 2014

La Crosse, WI - Improving water quality in the Kickapoo River Watershed by working with voluntary landowners is the purpose of a grant to Mississippi Valley Conservancy from the Minnesota-based McKnight Foundation, according to Carol Abrahamzon, MVC executive director.

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MVC adds town of Onalaska property - Sunday, March 02, 2014

The Mississippi Valley Conservancy has added a parcel in the town of Onalaska to the land protected with conservation easements.

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Conservation easement protects Mississippi River bluff property - Boscobel Dial - Thursday, February 13, 2014

A private landowner has permanently protected her 70-acre property adjacent to the Upper Mississippi River Natural Wildlife and Fish Refuge and Nelson Dewey State Park near Cassville.

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Family pledges to protect property near Mississippi - Thursday, January 09, 2014

When Diane Greenley and her late husband Jim purchased some 70 acres of land around Cassville, it was more than just a land acquisition, it was something more.

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Greenley permanently protects 70-acre property - Monday, January 06, 2014

Cassville, Wis. --A private landowner has permanently protected her 70-acre property on the boundaries of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refugee and the Nelson Dewey State Park.

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Crawford County Community Fund gives ecotourism grant to MVC - Thursday, January 02, 2014

La Crosse, WI – The Crawford County Community Fund has recognized the Mississippi Valley Conservancy’s work in support of ecotourism with a $400 grant.

Carol Abrahamzon, MVC executive director, said the grant supports the organization’s work on the 84-acre Kickapoo Bottoms preserve on the Kickapoo River next to the Crawford County Fairgrounds.

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Thanks George Varnum - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Courier-Life News_Oct 18, 2013

George Varnum, a longtime advocate for the Holland Sand Prairie, was honored for his efforts Monday by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy and the Friends of the Holland Sand Prairie

Mississippi Valley Conservancy and the Friends of the Holland Sand Prairie have honored George Varnum of Holmen for his dedication to the preservation and care for the Holland Sand Prairie.

A plaque presented Monday evening to Varnum recognized his advocacy for preservation of the 61-acre property located west of Holmen on Hwy. MH that contains rare prairie plant species.

Varnum, who lives near the prairie, was the first person to begin documenting the rich diversity of native plants at the site when it was still privately owned. He contacted the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources about the prairie in 1997, and soon afterward efforts were underway by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy to preserve this land.

The site was once considered for a strip mall, and it wasn’t until December 2004 that a deal was finally reached to purchase the property. Partners in the preservation included Mississippi Valley Conservancy, the town of Holland, DNR, The Prairie Enthusiasts and the Friends of the Holland Sand Prairie.

The property has since been transferred to the town, with MVC retaining a conservation easement on the land and the right to continue management practices. The property is open to the public.

The plaque says, in part, that once the land was purchased, Varnum “helped care for the property. Mississippi Valley Conservancy and the Friends of the Holland Sand Prairie share in thanking George for the important role he played on behalf of the prairie and its hundreds of species and the people who now enjoy them in any season, forever preserved.”


MVC Names Executive Director - Tuesday, September 03, 2013

La Crosse, WI – Mississippi Valley Conservancy, the La Crosse –based land trust that has conserved nearly 16,000 acres of land in western Wisconsin, has chosen a former employee as its new executive director.

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MVC Acquires 400-acre McNamee Bluff Property with $900,000 DNR Stewardship Grant - Monday, July 08, 2013

BOSCOBEL, WIS - With a grant from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund, the Mississippi Valley Conservancy has purchased a 398-acre bluff property owned by the McNamee family on the east edge of Boscobel.

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MVC announces 983-acre project - Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Mississippi Valley Conservancy has added nearly 1,000 acres along the Kickapoo River to its rolls of protected land in the single-largest conservation project in the organization's 16-year history.

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Babson Family Donates Major Parcels in Protection of 2,700 acres - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

La Farge, WI - A family with historic roots in the state's dairy industry has added a second major gift of protected Kickapoo Valley land to its Wisconsin legacy which, through leveraging by Mississippi Valley Conservancy, results in the protection of nearly 2,700 acres in Vernon, Grant and La Crosse counties with a combined value of $6.1 million.

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Conservancy adds Experienced Board Members and Officers - Friday, May 10, 2013

Mississippi Valley Conservancy, which has weathered controversy over its widely praised bluffland protection work for the City of La Crosse, also has had to confront another issue: How to fill key leadership positions made vacant by term limits.

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Conservancy Receives Clearmark Award at the National Press Club in Washington - Thursday, April 18, 2013

WASHINGTON DC – On Tuesday evening, April 16, 2013, the Center for Plain Language conferred a national award upon Mississippi Valley Conservancy in a ceremony held at the National Press Club.

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Strehl donated farm conservation easement - Friday, March 22, 2013

 On Monday, March 18, landowner Sue Strehl donated a conservation agreement to Mississippi Valley Conservancy to permanently protect her family's farm.

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MVC adds Cliffwood Bluff land - Sunday, January 20, 2013

Land is first purchased since dispute with city of La Crosse

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Cover of MVC’s 2008 Annual Report

George Varnum receives award

Schultz closing